Are we here already? It is a little bittersweet to come to the end of the numbered cards, although we still have the four court cards of the Pentacles/Disks to go. I have a real weakness for the numeric minors, and this one is one of my favorites.
We have arrived, at last, at the Lord of Wealth. Mercury governs the final decan of Virgo, sign of his rulership and exaltation. Therefore the 10 of Pentacles or Disks holds the culmination of our material realm: here our worldly goods reach their maximum accumulation, and our bodies come to rest. We return our legacies to the earth, a seed for the next generation. We have transmuted our corruptible flesh into alchemical gold, only to begin the cycle anew.
In our conversation we discuss: the final stage of the Virgo maiden's journey, her meeting with her infernal or celestial bridegroom; Persephone and Hades, and the round trip ticket of mother and maiden. We give homage to Chthonic Hermes - Mercury the psychopomp as trickster and wizard, Loki and Gandalf. We consider Odysseus and Argos, dogs as conductors of souls, the Summum Bonum or Great Work, cosmic constipation, death and old age, the body as the temple of the spirit, Malkuth in Assiah, discrimination/discernment, avarice/idleness. memory palaces as the cluttered attics of Hermes, Conjunctio, Carcer, Spica, the archangel Sandalphon, Adam Kadmon, the hounds of Yesod, the flag of Winchelsea , Big Casino, the all-access pass of the caduceus, and the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.
This week, we're talking about our final numeric minor of the series. Associated with Mercury and the final decan of Virgo, the 10 of Pentacles or Disks, is known as the Lord of Wealth and for our final numeric minor of the series, Mel is offering a payload of Mercury-inspired artwork - a Hermetic extravaganza of wings and wands for just one lucky winner.
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